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Hoefl-Riesch to race Olympic slalom despite cold

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 8:44 a.m. CST
(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch poses with her gold and silver medal at the German house at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Hoefl-Riesch finished second in the women's super-G after taking the gold medal in the women's super combined five days earlier.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Defending champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch will race in Friday's Olympic slalom despite being slowed by a cold and breathing problems.

Germany's Alpine spokesman Ralph Eder tells The Associated Press "she trained in slalom this morning and she will race."

Hoefl-Riesch already has one gold and one silver medal from the Sochi Games, along with two golds from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

She won the super-combined and finished second to Anna Fenninger of Austria in the super-G. However, she sat out Tuesday's giant slalom.

One more gold for Hoefl-Riesch would equal Croatian great Janica Kostelic's record of four career Olympic titles.

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